DNA left on used tissue leads to 41-year-old being charged in KC gas station murder

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A 41-year-old man is now facing charges in a deadly gas station shooting after his DNA was found on a used tissue in the parking lot.

Timothy Fernandez, 41, has been charged with second-degree murder and armed criminal action in the death of 40-year-old Michael Bryan.

Timothy Fernandez

The deadly shooting happened just after 5 a.m. Feb. 5 at a gas station near 17th and Grand. When police arrived, they found Bryan’s body lying on the sidewalk in front of the convenience store.

Court documents say a witness told police he heard a single gunshot and then saw Bryan fall to the ground. Then he saw a man walk through the parking lot and leave the area.

Surveillance footage from the gas station showed the shooting and the suspect walking through the parking lot.

Police said further review of the footage also revealed the suspect blew his nose into a tissue in the parking lot about 20 minutes before the deadly shooting, court documents say.

Detectives went back to the scene and found the tissue in the parking lot. It was collected as evidence for DNA testing. Two days after the homicide, the tissue’s DNA matched Fernandez.

One man is dead following a shooting near downtown Kansas City early Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2019.

Then further surveillance footage from a nearby business showed what police believed to be Fernandez in the area just before the gas station shooting with a backpack, court records say. Police found that backpack in an alley and matched DNA on a Q-tip box inside to Fernandez’s DNA.

The 41-year-old has previously served time in Missouri prison for previous convictions.

A gun was also found inside the backpack with bullets that matched the caliber of the weapon used to kill Bryan.

Fernandez has not been taken into custody at this time. Anyone with information about his location is asked to call the TIPS Hotline at 816-474-8477.

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